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Definition of swag

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 informal
a : goods acquired by unlawful means : booty, loot … the swag from this and other forms of graft was kept hidden …— Frederick Lewis Allen … a pirate's spectral wife, who has roamed the harbor ever since she was left behind to guard his swag.— Katharine Whittemore
b : valuable articles or goods One of the premier spots in the area to land home-bar swag is Pub Stuff in Stafford. The store is packed with everything … for homeowners looking to make their bar stand out.— Matt Pais
c : promotional goods or items … Ravens gear was selling better than O's swag. I bought one of the cartoon-bird caps …— David Simon
d : goods given to people who attend or participate in an event Her handbags … one year were a part of the swag celebrities brought home from the Screen Actors Guild Awards.— Karen Martin
e : money, lucre … affirmed that he is now bonded to pay up to $5,000 to any listener who may lose out on swag being offered by another network.— Saul Carson
2a : a decorative strip or chain hanging in a curve between two points : festoon … transverse swags of carmine floral design and top crown frieze …— James Joyce
b : a suspended cluster of something (such as evergreen branches) Garlands of green, with roses interspersed, were in swags and loops about the splendid walls …— E. Barrington
3 : a slow movement back and forth : sway sense 1 … a shudder took the whole structure of the vessel and my body on the bed, too, and the Kentucky Queen yawed to the deep inner swag of the river.— Robert Penn Warren
4 chiefly Australia : a pack of personal belongings … I'd be the last to strike my tent and sling my swag.— Ambrose Bierce

Definition of swag (Entry 2 of 3)

US slang
: bold or brash self-confidence : swagger, cockiness His theory: "If you want the world to change, you must be the change you want in the world … . It's good to have swag but better to have substance."— Briana Barner On Sunday, hometown faves Derrick Carter and Jamila Woods tear up the Blue stage while Beyonce's little sister, Solange, brings her grown woman swag as the headliner on the Green stage.— Mary L. Dratcher Lewis spoke of "a breezy self confidence," known perhaps today as swag— Anton Allahar I'm not just talking about his cheesy one-liners and the smirk that sometimes comes with them—the way he delivers that line is pure swag.— LaToya Ferguson


swagged; swagging

Definition of swag (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to adorn with swags
2 : to arrange (something, such as drapery) in swags

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Synonyms for swag

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of swag in a Sentence

Noun (1) The robbers divided the swag. robbed a bank and hid the swag under the floorboards Verb the days of endless worrying had taken their toll, and the old woman's face swagged with exhaustion
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This year brings its own collection of candidate swag and this week, in honor of Black Friday, the Data Download brings you a guide to can’t miss gifts for a wide range of political views and price points. Dante Chinni, NBC News, "12 candidate swag items for the political junkies in your life," 1 Dec. 2019 Add that to the shopping: decor and gifts, Christmas ornaments and decorations, books, Balsam Hill trees, swag, baked goods and more. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Central Carroll: For St. John Catholic Church, Christmas Bazaar is ‘about community unity’," 26 Nov. 2019 Registration includes race swag, a finisher medal and an aid station with food and refreshments. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "5Ks and fun runs offer healthy ways to celebrate the holidays," 18 Nov. 2019 Keep evergreens cool Try to place outdoor wreaths, swags, or garland out of direct sunlight, which tends to dry them out faster. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "How to Keep Your Holiday Greenery Fresh," 31 Oct. 2019 Registration is $10 per person and includes goodie bags/swag, lunch, beverages and more (max 75)! Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland.com, "Every day offers new possibilities: Sun Messages," 9 Sep. 2019 Along with the $1,000 payout for watching the movies by Dec. 25, the winner will receive a packet of hot cocoa, a box of Christmas cookies, a string of fairy lights, a mini Christmas tree and a plethora of Hallmark swag. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "One Hallmark Fan Can Win $1,000 for Binge-Watching 24 Christmas Movies in 12 Days," 15 Nov. 2019 Previous rank: 20 Points in poll: 217 Highest-place vote: 7 (1 voter) Lowest-place vote: 18 (1 voter) Last week’s result: Beat N.Y. Giants, 28-14 This week: vs. Cincinnati Josh Allen is winning games—and showing some swag. The Mmqb Staff, SI.com, "NFL Power Rankings Poll Week 3: Cowboys, Niners and Bills (!) on the Rise," 17 Sep. 2019 Students record their progress in a mobile app called Bern and, upon completing the curriculum, receive a swag pack filled with Sanders paraphernalia. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "Bernie Sanders’s Enduring Appeal to the Youth Vote in Iowa," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Business is all about the packaging, and the enormous stacks of sharply illustrated shipping boxes for all that swag sent a clear and strong message. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Go inside Santa Saban’s NFL swag boxes," 24 Sep. 2019 The 100-year-old maroon velvet rope still swags alongside the curving stairs. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. were guests in $2.1M Detroit mansion," 10 July 2019 Souvenirs from his time include a fortune worth of silk window treatments — draped, swagged, fringed, puddled or ballooned — that reach past 20 feet tall in the living room. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "$2.35M Bloomfield Hills home comes with 2 kitchens and a tree house," 29 June 2019 In Rossa, Buren’s stripes wrap the soft edges of the building, the two patterns of color meeting in a swagging line around the middle. Shonquis Moreno, Curbed, "‘If you take out the art, the building itself can’t stand’," 6 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of swag

Noun (1)

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun (2)

2003, in the meaning defined above


1530, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for swag

Noun (2)

short for swagger entry 2


perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian svagga to sway, rock; akin to Middle Low German swacken to rock

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6 Dec 2019

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“Swag.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swagged. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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